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Up Periscope(1959)

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The onscreen opening credits erroneously listed film editor John F. Schreyer as John E. Schreyer. Appearing after the film is a written acknowledgment thanking the Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy and the officers and men of the Submarine Force Pacific Fleet for their cooperation. During the Kusaie Island sequence, "Ken's" memory of the night of his proposal to "Sally" is shown in flashback. About the ending, in which the crew's friends cheer them into the harbor, the otherwise favorable Variety review stated that it "seems a little unbelievable, considering it's wartime."
       According to a March 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item, Tab Hunter was set to appear in the film, providing that it did not conflict with the schedule of Damn Yankees (see entry above), in which he had already been cast, and that Howard W. Koch, who was co-producer of the final film, would direct. An April 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Koch and his co-producer Aubrey Schenk had planned to shoot the film in Technirama in Hawaii. According to a July 1958 Los Angeles Mirror-News article, portions of the film were shot at sea on the Pacific aboard the submarine USS Tilefish. The Hollywood Reporter review reported that the film was shot "on expensive locations in the Pacific.
       An August 1957 Daily Variety news item reported that the rights to Robb White's novel Up Periscope were purchased by the "producing trio" of Edwin F. Zabel, Koch and Schenk and that White was to write the screenplay. However, White is not credited as writer onscreen and the extent of is contribution to the final film has not been determined. An August 1957 Los Angeles Times news item reported that Tony Curtis was sought for the lead role. Joanna Barnes was considered a "strong contender" for a lead role in the film, according to a June 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item, and is listed in an Hollywood Reporter production chart. However, neither Barnes, Curtis, nor Hunter appear in the film.
       The following actors were added to the cast by July and August Hollywood Reporter news items, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed: January Brooks, Roger Smith, Fay Roope and Fugi Kawada. Appearing in the nightclub scene was Peggy Moffitt, an actress/fashion model who played in a handful of films over eleven years, beginning with the 1955 Paramount production, You're Never Too Young . Moffitt was better known in the mid-1960s for modeling the topless swimsuit which was designed by Rudi Gernreich and photographed by William Claxton, who became her husband. ^Up Periscope marked the motion picture debut of Rian Garrick.
       After completion of Up Periscope, according to an August 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item, Frank Gifford, who played "Mount" in the film, was given a six-month leave of absence from Warner Bros. to attend the New York Giants training camp in Salem, OR. Gifford did not appear in a feature film again until 1968, when he played himself in Paper Lion. A USC All-American player in the early 1950s who marked his film debut and served as technical director and trainer in the 1953 U-I film, All-American (see entry above), Gifford became a star running back and, later, flanker, for the Giants. In 1956, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Football League, and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. After his retirement from football in the mid-1960s, he became a sportscaster, most memorably on Monday Night Football, on ABC-TV from 1971-1998. Besides the handful of films in which he appeared during the 1950s, Gifford continues to appear in television and in films, usually as himself.